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the dying swan by garrit the dying swan by garrit
This is my most personal piece of nature-photography.
I love being surrounded by nature and seeing all the tiny miracles going on there. every single day one of these miracles dies and leaves a scar. to me, this photograph symbolizes the last breath of the earth, a desperate breath.

I can hardly describe how very moved I was when pushing the button. on the one hand I was so grateful for being able to shoot this moment, on the other there was an extreme sadness.

this picture will remain in my head forever and I hope it'll never become reality for us.

I had to shoot this moment to be able to share. with you.

technical: orange filter, scan from dia, kodak elite chrome 100, no manipulation
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PastelOfLight Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2012  Professional Traditional Artist
Very pretty! It does have a sense of sadness to it, like after a wild fire. The orange clouds kinda look like the remnants of a fire. But, like after a wild fire, something beautiful always tends to pop up. You captured this image beautifully!
Noradrenaline-photo Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2010   General Artist
hhryah Featured By Owner Mar 21, 2009
I love how the swan is there in the corner.
KingCompy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Great shot, love the color :)
KingCompy Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007
Oh yeah, :+fav:ing this :)
gene89 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
great concept behind this shit, powerful and thought-provoking. nice one.
gene89 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2007
dang, its not shit, i mean shot!
QosPhoto Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2007
Very nice composition, with a lot of small details.

Nice color too.
willosof Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2006
I like this :) no too fond of the overall color tone, though.

Anyhow, a great composition :) :+fav:
elmo2488 Featured By Owner Jun 15, 2006   Photographer
Amazing! The colors are beautiful.
DeviantPunisher Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats beautiful.. makes u think how polluted the world is..
I was thinking what it would look like if the swan would be pure and white.. like "there's still something left to save".. mm..ya.. :P
DeviantPunisher Featured By Owner May 29, 2006  Hobbyist Photographer
Thats beautiful.. makes u think how polluted the world is..
I was thinking what it would look like if the swan would be pure and white.. like "there's still something left to save".. mm..ya.. :P
ElarinyaEstel Featured By Owner Mar 25, 2006
After I understood what you meant by 'symbolism,' this became a very inspiring scene.
Such a beautiful swan among all those dead trees... it's like it's trying to hold onto what is left of its past.
It is interesting how it seems the swan can still love the place for what it used to be. For the beauty that used to be...
BladerTsuki Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2006
That's such a breath taking picture you took. It's awesome and at the same time so terrible (not directed to you ^^;)
And I have to thank you coz this picture gave me a great idea for a design I am doing in my graphic arts class. (my group is doing "preserving nature :D) And this is a good way of showing why we must preserve it.
You're a great photographer :heart:
Deftonys-muse Featured By Owner Feb 3, 2006  Professional Digital Artist
in this pic i get that kind a feeling that there is lots of damage that human has caused... and i totally hate that kind shit... but this pic is totaly awwsome...
sudrabs Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2006
oh wow
freeso Featured By Owner Jan 9, 2006
a perfect compostion, everything fits in perfectly... almost feels like a faked photo.... and that's positive ;)
simo2409 Featured By Owner Jan 7, 2006  Professional Photographer
Simply fantastic :D
ishtahra Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005
miracles indeed, well done!
SixStringer Featured By Owner Aug 18, 2005
Visually stunning, and for this nature lover, deeply moving. Beautiful work!
LadyDeath666 Featured By Owner Jul 10, 2005  Professional General Artist
ooo this is tragic -like. i like it very much =). reminds me of halloween with a hint of spring due to the swan hehe
your-last-kismet Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2005   Photographer
your studd is crazy good. What kind of camera do you use?????
fiercebloodlove Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2005
wow! .. this is gold... so lovely .. so perfect it looks unreal...
RS-foto Featured By Owner Jun 19, 2005  Professional Photographer
Great color and contrast, i love the fallen tree and the swan too =)
OhlookitsMatty Featured By Owner Jun 12, 2005  Professional General Artist
its like the world has be come baren // the orange filter makes the sky look toxie // the world is dead but there is still life withthe swan // you cought this shot at the right moment
xelopid Featured By Owner May 22, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
This is such a beautiful picture..
conveys so much.
I think it is definitely my favorite of my favs.
Thought I'd let you know that :)
Sagacious Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2005   General Artist
*shivers*...such beauty and such sadness...
EZleeAmuZed Featured By Owner Mar 11, 2005
i love everything about it. beautiful.
JuliaDunin Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2005  Professional Photographer
meh... at first i didnt saw this swan. but it is is, that makes this photo oryginal and very... specific :nod: good work :)
uglytaxi Featured By Owner Mar 3, 2005  Hobbyist General Artist
Pictures like these are the reason I want to be a photographer.
FiestaFacelift Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
I do not understand how such an awesome picture is possible.
TheShadowMachinery Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2005
:butterfly: :earth: :butterfly: :peace:
This is so a sad way.
Magical-Night Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2005
Beautiful photo! So innocent and silent... but also moving
Great done!
lemonlogix Featured By Owner Dec 20, 2004   Photographer
another moving piece. the pic without the swan would be just another normal piece of photo. But with the fallen tree it gives a sense of loss and with the white swan, so alone, in such a cold place seems pretty ironic. The use of orange filter adds warmth and hope to this pic, like a new beginning to me. A sureal piece to me.
BreakTheNet Featured By Owner Dec 12, 2004
Whoa i thought this was a long exposure at night when i first saw it. Great job though. :)
ramzus Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2004
I personaly dont like dark pictures or anything related to them... but this is REALLY good the position of the swan is in the perfect place for that composition. excellent! :+fav:
magic-medicine Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2004
whoa....thats a masterpiece...
...that scene itself looks completely surreal...
...first, i thought it is another digi manip....

respect! :-)
theexpert Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2004   Filmographer
the color is beautiful. very nice.
Keizie Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2004  Professional Photographer
:nod: Told you allready what I think about this one =D
pf Featured By Owner Oct 24, 2004   Photographer
very nice colors :thumbsup:
ganooov Featured By Owner Oct 18, 2004   Photographer
so beautiful and calm..
imfrenchme Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2004
absolutely wonderful... :+fav: for sure... i love it
plexx Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2004   Photographer
wieso is mein kommentar nicht mehr hier? ... :-( oder war das bei ?!
das bild ist gaaanz gaaaaanz großes kino...
heatherlovatt Featured By Owner Oct 4, 2004
Ayn Rand, in "Anthem" or was it "The Night of January 1st"? or somesuch..had her character say something to the effect that "I want to see, live and in real life, the things I see there up on the stage."

I think that is what certain kinds of art are about. I think that is what certain kinds of artists are about too.

Luck to you, sire. This is a moving..image.

asymons Featured By Owner Sep 26, 2004
This is breath-takingly beautiful, Garrit....
I share your awe of the moment.... :+fav:

plexx Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2004   Photographer
just perfect! read comment on ;-)
Templates Featured By Owner Sep 23, 2004
plastush Featured By Owner Sep 21, 2004  Student
die warme farbe ist echt hammer
gefällt mir sehr gut
und nicht zu vergessen die bildaufteilung ist auch nach meinem geschmack

cu plastush.
Kestra-Kaito Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2004
I don't see many photos with deep meaning but this one really got to me. Even though it seems like a 'last breath', it makes me feel slightly more hopeful. :+fav:
x-horizon Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2004  Hobbyist Photographer
Ich bin sonst auch für längere Kommentäre.. aber das Bild ist einfach MEGA! :)

very good job man!

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